After finishing 6th in the league under Brendan Rodgers and missing out on a place in the Champions League, Liverpool embarked on a summer spending spree in 2015 which saw 8 new players arrive at the club, including Danny Ings.
The 23-year-old striker had established a glowing reputation following his impressive debut season with Burnley, but his performances proved insufficient to keep the Clarets in the Premier League.
With interest reportedly emerging from a handful of clubs, Liverpool swooped in to secure his signature and the club’s official Twitter page announced that they had reached an agreement over his transfer on 8th June 2015.
Whilst Ings did not convince the entirety of Liverpool’s fan base, a strong contingent of supporters turned out to express their enthusiasm for the deal in response to the official announcement.
— Kyle Kitson (@Kyle_Kitson) June 8, 2015
— Craig Johnathan (@CJF__x) June 8, 2015
@LFC What A Sign
— !̴ M.AlShahwani
@LFC again,modern day football fan snobbery.Where did Liverpool sign the likes of Rush & Aldridge from? Ings could be a shrewd signing.
— Ryan Murphy (@ryan7507) June 8, 2015
@joedrinkhall @lfc he had a better season than van persie,falcao and di maria combined
— Antony Mamvura (@AntonyMamvura) June 8, 2015
— Jack (@finallyjack10) June 8, 2015
A record of 11 goals and 4 assists from 35 appearances on his debut season in the Premier League proved sufficient to convince the Liverpool board that the striker was ready for the step up in class.
During a summer in which the club welcomed the likes of Christian Benteke, James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne, Ings represented a shrewd addition to Liverpool’s options in attack.
And Ings quickly silenced his doubters by notching 2 goals from his first 3 Premier League starts, including the opener against Everton at Goodison Park.
There aren’t many better ways for a new Liverpool player to steal the hearts of the supporters than by notching a goal in the Merseyside derby, but Ings suffered a cruel blow in training just days after scoring against Everton.
A cruciate ligament injury ruled him out until the final game of the season before he suffered yet another cruciate ligament injury in pre-season, and his incredibly unfortunate record with injury problems ultimately plagued his career at Liverpool and rendered him surplus to requirements in the summer.
The immediate impact Ings has made since joining Southampton suggests he is a huge talent whom could have become a resounding success at Liverpool if lady luck was on his side.
But ultimately his career at Anfield flopped and the enthusiasm which was shown by the supporters following his arrival failed to translate into a successful career.
And that Liverpool supporter who claimed the signing of Ings was better than the free transfer which saw James Milner join the club was certainly way off the mark with his assessment.
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